Circus to bring clowns to Millington; asks public not to panic - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Circus to bring clowns to Millington; asks public not to panic

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If you see some clowns in Millington, they're probably friends and not foes.

A rash of creepy clown sightings--most recently in Memphis--at parks and schools have the country on edge, but this weekend in Millington, the clowns are part of the act.

Friday, September 30 through Sunday, October 2, the Carson & Barnes Circus will perform at Memphis International Raceway. The 80-year traveling circus has a complete series of acts, including elephants, high wire, trapeze, and--you guessed it--clowns.

"A circus is great, wholesome family entertainment," President and Chairman of the Legion Fair, Lee Buchschacher, said. "We are excited about having them help us to raise money for our local veterans, including the West Tennessee Veterans home."

Jorge Valliente, a friendly-faced clown from Peru, is prepping for another day on the job as Pinky.

Valliente has been working as a clown since he was eight years old. Like many others in his profession, he is bothered by the new trend of scary clowns.

"He's totally against people dressing up as clowns," translator Erik Bautista said of Valliente. "Giving them a bad name, a bad image, scaring kids."

"It's terrible to use something that's really made for kids, into a monster," Buchschacher said.

He said he had to do something to prevent families from being frightened and encourage them to come visit the circus.

"We're bringing the circus here to help raise money for veterans right here in Shelby County to include our West Memphis, Tennessee, veterans home," Buchschacher said.

Show times are Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.  You can also watch workers wash the elephants for free on Saturday at 12 p.m.

Tickets are $16 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Tickets are available at the gate and online here.

So if you see some clowns near the raceway, don't get scared and call police, buy a ticket to the circus and enjoy the show!

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